If it’s October, it must be time for the latest volume in Arthur de Pins’s supernatural sitcom Zombillenium. Volume two of this ridiculously silly graphic novel series dropped this month and it reads like falling into a carnival filled with some ridiculous creatures.
It seems there’s a theme park out in the middle of America somewhere that’s got a paranormal themes – you know, zombies, vampires, skeletons, spooky twins, all that stuff. The park is called Zombillenium, and it actually employs zombies, vampires, skeletons, spooky twins and other mystical beings as employees.
As this volume begins, we meet a seemingly average American family – very fat mother, bored skinny husband, and annoyed teen son – as they try in vain to find the park. It seems that the only way that you can get to the park is if you’re a mystical creature yourself. Thankfully hunky werewolf Aurelian, from the previous volume, is out running and is able to help the family by jumping in their car and adding his mystic energy to their journey. It’s a nice bit of continuity to bring in the werewolf, which is then followed up with a meeting again with all the wacky creatures that live in the park – the lazy monsters, the slick vampire who owns the park, his friend the hypocritical preacher, and on and on, including the walking, talking skeleton who is at the center of the events that happen in this volume.
But with every sequel, the events need to become more intense and bigger, and that happens in this volume too. The family secrets revealed this book – and c’mon, that’s no spoilers, there are deep dark family secrets in every horror novel, movie and story – are darker than the previous. It seems there’s a gateway to Hell under the park, and we spend a good amount of time –
— but if I told you more about that storyline, it would be a spoiler so I’ll leave it there. The whole story is created in Adobe Illustrator, but for a change the work in Illustrator adds to the story. The slick sheen that de Pins gives his work causes it to look like an animated feature that you wish was coming out right about now, with a deep and rich palette of colors and some delightfully designed creepies.
This book is available as a digital, but if you’re able to pick up a hardcopy hardcover, it’s well worth it because the presentation is slick and professional.
Zombillenium is a fun supernatural treat that had me chortling.